Our resident tipster has his eye on a cheeky 7/1 double this afternoon.
William Haggas continues in fantastic form and the Newmarket handler could be amongst the winners at Newbury this afternoon, with his BELLA NOUF a strong fancy to take care of five rivals in the 1m2f fillies handicap (due off 3.05pm).
The daughter of Dansili was getting off the mark at the third time of asking with a battling success at Goodwood in June, having shown promise when a close second at Nottingham on her reappearance, and she’s almost certainly better than that neck victory implies.
She’ll need to be as this is tougher and she does have her stamina to prove, but her breeding suggests she will have no problem over today’s longer trip, and may well even relish it. Haggas often runs his best three-year-olds at the track and he boasts a healthy strike rate of 25% with such horses, so there’s plenty to suggest the selection can go close.
Michael Dods is another in-form trainer and his OCEAN SHERIDAN must take all the beating under a penalty for his win over course and distance six days ago, with the official winning margin of one and a half lengths not doing justice to his superiority. Only once out of the first four in 11 career starts, the three-year-old is open to further progress and looks potentially well in here on a mark of 73, with a big hike in the weights imminent.
They’ve had plenty of rain in this part of the world and the ground is likely to be riding on the soft side of good. That’s not a problem at all as both the selection’s wins have come on ground with plenty of cut in it, whereas it might inconvenience some of his rivals. The best of these may be Keith Dalgleish’s Chookie’s Lass, who finished runner-up over 5f at Monday (on soft) and rarely runs a bad race. She wouldn’t be as well treated as the selection, though.
The double on the above two selections pays 7.25/1 with Paddy Power